Comcast-NBCU Could Face Antitrust Probe; Netlfix May Offer Cheaper Plans

Here’s today’s AdExchanger.com news round-up… Want it by email? Sign up here. Who To Antitrust? There’s mounting pressure on the Department of Justice to investigate alleged antitrust violations by Comcast-NBCU. The American Cable Association (ACA) published a letter to Makan Delrahim, the DOJ antitrust chief, that said Comcast poses “a much greater threat to competition” thanContinue reading »

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Political Ad Spending Propels Comcast In Q3

Political advertising has been good to Comcast. Comcast’s cable advertising revenue increased 15.2% to $684 million in Q3, but that bump would have been just 0.6% without political advertising, the company disclosed Thursday. Meanwhile ad revenue at media division NBCUniversal was up (4.2% for its cable networks, 9.2% for broadcast). The increase was attributed toContinue reading »

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The Top 10 Programmatic Publishers Of 2018

By Sarah Sluis, Ryan Joe, Allison Schiff, Alison Weissbrot and Rae Paoletta Programmatic is expanding, becoming a glossier way to transact and add value to both the buy and sell sides. “We are moving rapidly into a programmatic-first world,” said Sal Candela, president of enterprise partnerships at Omnicom. “There is a surge of quality inventoryContinue reading »

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Long Commercials, The Flash-Matic And The Four Cs: Lessons For TV Marketers

“On TV And Video” is a column exploring opportunities and challenges in advanced TV and video. Today’s column is written by Mike Rosen, executive vice president of advanced advertising and platform sales at NBCUniversal Media. It’s the rallying cry of today’s TV doomsdayers who believe that consumers want to avoid all advertising on TV: “ShutContinue reading »

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Concert Scales Up By Adding PopSugar, Rolling Stone And New York Media

Concert, the ad marketplace run by Vox Media and NBCUniversal, added three more large publishers to its network Thursday, increasing Concert’s reach from 80% to 90% of all internet users. PopSugar, Rolling Stone and New York Media were selected to create a strong offering around entertainment and female-focused content, according to Ryan Pauley, head ofContinue reading »

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Quartz Partners With Vox-Owned Ad Marketplace Concert, Adding Scale

Advertisers want everything at scale: a niche audience, a brand-safe environment, and beautiful, engaging ads. Atlantic-owned publication Quartz, Vox Media and NBCUniversal’s ad marketplace Concert are partnering to add scale to their respective ad offerings. With the partnership, advertisers can buy in a single deal across Quartz and business-minded publications at Vox Media and NBCUniversal:Continue reading »

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NBCUniversal Joins OpenAP Consortium, Licenses Its Audience Graph To Other TV Nets

NBCUniversal has joined the TV consortium OpenAP. Launched just over a year ago, OpenAP is a joint effort by broadcast networks Fox, Turner and Viacom to create a common data standard and provide a more accurate representation of advanced TV audiences across platforms. Through a multiyear agreement, NBCU will license its data platform Audience StudioContinue reading »

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NBCU Develops A Unified Ad Metric To Level The Playing Field Between TV And Digital Impressions

NBCUniversal is about to do something TV companies have talked about for years: transact TV in a similar way as digital – on impressions. NBCU revealed Thursday that it would begin to measure live, on-demand and time-shifted TV ad buys using a common impression-based metric called CFlight. CFlight will be part of NBCU’s upfront pitch andContinue reading »

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NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke On The Facebook Fallout And Snapchat Success

NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke said Facebook faces big repercussions because it breached users’ trust. “The problem is exacerbated by the fact that Facebook’s business model is based on data people don’t [always know] they’re sharing and then selling that data … to a buyer Facebook [doesn’t even] know,” Burke said Tuesday in response to Facebook’sContinue reading »

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NBC And Telemundo’s Station Groups Embrace The Programmatic Possibility For Local

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Although national broadcast networks have led the charge on audience data and automation – at least in the linear TV environment – local station groups aren’t far behind. NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations is laying the foundation for greater addressability at the local and regional level. The division houses 39 NBC and Telemundo local TV stationsContinue reading »

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